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says it was merely the first response to u.s. threats and vows to continue. >> kristen: president obama is putting the finishing touches on the state of the union tonight. he is expected to focus on jobs but also on gun control and a new development this morning in afghanistan. karen travevs joins us live from washington. >> reporter: good morning. the white house is looking at inauguration state of the union as two acts in the same play. first speech laid out the vision and now he will layout the game plan. >> tonight president obama launches his second term policy agenda and no surprise, it will be heavily focused on the economy. >> you will hear an outline for his plan to create jobs and grow the middle-class. >> to do that he will call for a new program, new spending as way to stimulate growth and republicans will say washington cannot just cut it's a way to prosperity. president obama has a key theme from his reelection campaign. >> he will focus the proposal to help the middle-class grow and help the economy. >> looming in the near future those automatic spending cuts that congres
. >> president obama will deliver his state of the union address tonight and as we report, the president will spend most of the time on the issue americans say is most important to them. >> president obama's state of the union speech focuses on jobs and the economy and will be different in tone than his inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to the speech. how we grow the economy so everyone can participate, pay your fair share. >>the president bushes for additional government spending to promote manufacturing, education, clean energy, and infrastructure, and he will warn congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts if against and education schedules to go in effect open march 1 but avoiding the automatic cuts and adding additional spending requires congressional approval sending the president on a collision course with house republicans. >> it is time for washington to get back to the basics. we cannot condition to spend money we don't have. >> president obama will also elaborate on the big themes from the inauguration including climate change. today he goes to as
." >> president obama's popularity among those in california is climbing above 60 percent for the first time since 2009. a poll released shows 62 percent of registered voters approve of president obama's job performance and that is up from 58 percent in september. the poll found california people are more optimistic of the direction in which the country is headed. abc7 news anchor dan ashley is the only bay area journal list to interview president obama today at the white house. his report live from washington, dc, start airing tonight on our newscast going at 5:00 p.m. here on abc7 news. dan is also tweeting from washington. before dan got down to business this morning he spent time with the first dog, tweeting this picture of him and bo on the south lawn of the white house. dan got to meet bo? >> can't wait to see the report. still ahead, new developments on the grounding of the boeing dreamliner airplane with a fix being presented to solve a potentially dangerous battery issue. and the latest on what rescue crews found in the rubble of kansas city >> breaking news from mission district with eva
interview with president obama. good evening, everybody. i'm larry beil. >> i'm carolyn johnson. the president addressed a wide range of issues from the budget stalemate in the capital to job creation throughout america. >> mr. obama also addressed a hot button topic in california. that is proposition 8, a ban on same same-sex marriage. >> here is dan ashley president aring from washington, d.c. >> carolyn and larry, good evening from washington. it has been an interesting and informative day here at the white house. we have been here all day long and met a number of cabinet secretaries and i had the opportunity to speak one on one with president obama. >> in your state of the union, mr. president, you praised our troops and said they exceeded expectations while some of our institutions let them down. which institutions were you referring to? congress one of them? >> all o to take responsibility about thinking about the same patriotism, due tee, responsibility we see on display in our military. >> the president of late is clearly frustrated with the stalemate in congress over th
. >> president obama delivers the state of the union address to a joint session of congress and a national prime time audience. look for the president to refocus on the issues most crucial to americans, jobs and the economy. now live to washington, dc, with the details. >> good morning, we should expect president obama will be much more specific than he was during the inaugural address. the white house says the big focus is on the middle class and the economy. >> president obama's state of the union speech will focus primarily on jobs and the economy and will be different in substance and tone than his inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to this speech and how we grow the economy so everyone can participate, pay your fair share. >> he will promote manufacturing and education and clean energy and infrastructure, and warn congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts in defense and education scheduled for march 1. avoiding the automatic cuts and adding additional spending would require congressional approval sending him on a collision course with house republicans. >> it i
to a somber occasion in chicago. we are awaiting for michelle obama. the church is filled to capacity. funeral is for a 15-year-old girl. she was an innocent victim of a gang shooting in chicago and she had just performed with her high school marching band at the presidential inauguration. michelle obama attending this funeral and governor pat quinn and mayor rahm emanuel. the family says it will not be about politics but it has struck a chord with the first family and obama administration. a lot of focus on gun violence and reducing gun violence. president obama has made it a priority. joe biden out to bring back proposals in the last few weex, all of this since the december 14th mass murder in newtown, connecticut. the girl was killed in hyde park neighborhood which is obama's home. it's drawing more attention to gun violence. we're awaiting for michelle obama to arrive at the chicago church. we'll bring you updates as it develops this morning. >>> if you plan to send flowers to a local florist this valentine's day. some companies that appear to be local are actually from out of the area, so
arguments next month. last week, president obama told abc7 use congress exclusively that supporting gay marriage is the right thing to do. >> i can tell you obviously my personal view which is that same-sex couples should be treated like everyone else. >> 75 influential republicans have add their names to the list including former utah governor hunts man and former new jersey governor whitman, and two former governors of massachusetts, weld and swift. opinions on this issue are changing rapidly but there is still a great divide in the republican party about gay rights. a recent poll shows the majority of americans support gay marriage up from a third from 2003. >> thank you. five elderly people were rescued from an assisted living home after a stove top fire broke out at 8:00 last night near treat boulevard and firefighters say any knocked it down before the flames crawled up the vent and into the the at tic. the residents will be moved to other care homes. new details in the search for a vandal targeting shops at walnut creek broadway plaza. police released this surveillance video show
. obama also addressed a hot button topic in california. that is proposition 8, a ban on same same-sex marriage. >> here is dan ashley president aring from washington, d.c. >> carolyn and larry, good evening from washington. it has been an interesting and informative day here at the white house. we have been here all day long and met a number of cabinet secretaries and i had the opportunity to speak one on one with president obama. >> in your state of the union, mr. president, you praised our troops and said they exceeded expectations while some of our institutions let them down. which institutions were you referring to? congress one of them? >> all of us have to take responsibility about thinking about the same patriotism, due tee, responsibility we see on display in our military. >> the president of late is clearly frustrated with the stalemate in congress over the so-called saw -- sequester. spending cuts that will kick in without a budget agreement. they run able to agree on taxes and spending. for many americans, same old, same old. >> mr. president when you arrived in washing
million undocumented immigrants here. the white house says president obama wants to be prepared in case a small bipartisan group of senators fails to come up with reform plan. the administration is weighing an option to allow immigrants to become legal residents in eight years. some children are undocumented immigrants in the bay area talked to us about it. >> my dad, to not be scared, because my dad is scared. >> some say the plan's big of the problem is it doesn't guarantee a pathway to citizenship or adequately deal with future immigrants. senator rubio who is working on a senate plan says the president's plan if proposed would be dead on arrival. >> the coast guard plans to interview more people who were on a ferry that collided with a small boat in san francisco bay last saturday as at the golden gale transit ferry left sausalito for san francisco. you can see the damage to the boat. two men are in the hospital with reports that the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with the ms san francisco. no one on board the ferry was hurt. the five crew are on leave w
until spring when he accompanies president obama to the area. >> more provocative moves from north korea a video shows president obama and american troops in flames and says that north conducted their recent nuclear test because of u.s. hostility. the video was posted on an account affiliated with the north korean government agency showing a blazing fire super imposed over footage of president obama and ends with a simulation of a nuclear device exploding underground. another video posted this month showed american cities attacked by missiles after a string of rhetoric against the united states. >> san francisco will be well represented when the new american version of al-jazeera hits the air with a bureau and san francisco and other united states cities. they paid $500 million to buy san francisco's-based current tv last year and convert to al-jazeera america focusing on international news. >> and al gore was the founder of country tv. >> now the weather forecast. >> a cold lock -- look at the weather. we are talking about temperatures that are running in the 30's, 40's, and colder and
. >> new this morning, president obama's popularity among california is above 60 percent for the first time since 2009. the numbers are from a poll showing 62 percent of registered voters approve of president obama's job performance up from 58 percent in september and a remainder, abc7 news anchor dan ashley is in washington, dc, preparing right now for the exclusive interview with president obama and will be the only bay area journalist to interview the president today at the white house with reports from washington, continuing tonight from abc7 news. you can follow him on twitter. >> the san mateo sheriff is trying to figure out whose remains were found if a remote area of the county. hikers made the discovery at the preserve on monday. the human bones were found two miles west of skyline boulevard, 100' off a trail. some articles of clothing found suggest the person was male. details on a body owned in a water tank on the roof of a los angeles hotel. a hotel maintenance worker found the body yesterday morning while looking into complaints of poor water pressure. los angeles police now sa
that coming up. >> president obama today is campaigning for gun reform laws outside of washington. he will meet with law enforcement experts about reducing gun violence. the president will pitch the ban to install universal background checks. key members of the administration are focusing on immigration reform today. homeland security secretary napolitano, will talk with police around the country about securing the borders. >> today could be the day that boy scouts ends a ban on bays. they will replace the ban with a policy to individual troop sponsors determining their own policy at the local level. on sunday, president obama praised the boy scouts as a great institution. he serves as honorary president of the organization and hopes leaders will vote to make it more inclusive. >> in london tourists witnessed chaos during the changing of the guard outside the buckingham palace when a man brandished two knives. police moved in and took him down with a taser. tourists captured this on cameras and phones and posted them on youtube. >> they tazed him in a couple of seconds. >> police say
of people urged president obama to make protecting the environment a higher priority during his second term. a group gathered the san francisco to rally against the keystone xl pipeline. that proposal calls for moving oil from canada to the gulf of mexico through several states. ♪ >> ama: a larger demonstration took place in washington, dc. that group voiced its opposition to the keystone pipeline as well. demonstrators also called for the president and congress to take more action on climate change. >> still to come, kicking off spring training. abc7 sports anchor mike shumann is in arizona. >> mike: we'll talk with managing partner of the a's bat proposed new stadium, and the story of the day, josh reddick's beard. >> ama: the cost of fighting wildfires, and the new criticism about who has to pay for it. >> as is he reign of silicon valley coming to an end? >> leigh: i'm meteorologist leigh glaser. boy, we have been full of springlike weather. it's going to start ending tomorrow with a return. we'll look at the accuweather >> ama: new at 6:00. california's effort to recover the cost of
to the streets of iran. and hearing from the young people, what would they say to president obama. >>> and the footloose first lady. why michelle obama is going viral tonight. >>> and good evening. i'm dan harris. we'll get to david muir in iran in just a moment. >>> but we're going to start with the breaking news out of florida. a treacherous finale to a race at the daytona international speedway today. look at the video. cars colliding, getting tossed around like toys. pieces of them flying over a fence, injuring at least a dozen people, many of them fans. abc's linzie janis is on the story. >> reporter: one driver sparked a dramatic crash on the daytona track. >> and contact!
. >> the most trustworthy moment from last night's oscar. who took home the >> president obama is trying to avert automatic spending cuts kicking in on friday. president obama tried to rally the nation's governors do put pressure on congress in hopes of asiding $85 billion in automatic cuts. governor brown attended the luncheon at the white house where the president reiterated the cuts will slow the economy. >> this morning, you received a report outlining exactly how the cuts will harm middle-class families in your states. thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. tens of thousands of parents have to deal with finding child care. >> congress is back in session today. lawmakers are unlikely to meet compromises. >> new this morning, another big name retailer is now fallen victim to europe's horse meat scandal. ikea stopped trading the meatballs in 21 european countries after discovering traces of authority meat in them. inspectors in czech republic found evidence of the horse meat in the frozen meatball supply and a spokesman says the tainted meatballs are not sold in the unit
to world leaders, particularly assuring israeli and palestinian leaders the obama administration will continue to pursue a middle east peace agreement while recognizing the individual concerns of both sides. john kerry was sworn in on friday the same day that hillary clinton stepped down as secretary of state so she could pursue other interests and the obama administration's second term she will be a private citizen. >> president obama is campaigning to gun reform laws outside of washington, dc. he will meet with law enforcement in minneapolis about reducing gun violence. the president will pitch the plan to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks. key members of the administration are focusing on immigration reform today. homeland security secretary napolitano will talk about streamlining citizenship process. >> today the boy scouts could end a ban on gays. the scout leaders are meeting in texas to discuss replacing the ban with a policy to let individual troops determine their own policy locally. on sunday, president obama praised the boy scouts as a great i
for credit is lower. watch if talk of job creation when president obama makes the state of the nation speech tomorrow night. the president is expected to proposal spending on infrastructure and education in an effort to boost employment. there is a new mountain dew breakfast drink 5 percent juice, and has vitamins b and c and jolt of caffeine. if you hope to find hint of a future romance, you are out of luck, the largest fortune cookie maker has removed romantic emergencies after parents complained. >> did you enjoy the weekend? >> it was nice. it was. got out and did chores. never ending husband chores. >> excellence. now, over to mike. great week to be outside, make paint the house or work on the roof or dry weather for an extended period is what we have. it stretches across the state as you are headed to soak out the wet wet and it will be good, san diego and palm springs 64 in los angeles and in the central valley, low-to-mid 60's and 39 in tahoe and 44 in yosemite. >> we have a live look at the east shore freeway as you make your way from richmond beyond university avenue everything is
help. >> president obama will sign an executive order to protect computer them works from cyber attacks, the most comprehensive plan yet including the developing of security standards that businesses and government agencies can follow. it directs uss defense and intelligence agencies to share classified threat information with american companies. >> president obama hits the road for floor days to rally support for the economic initiatives he presented in the state of the union address. he will be in asheville, north carolina today, and asked congress to pass election allowing homeowners to refinance at current rates. he wants high quality pre-school made available and for congress to take up immigration reform. the biggest applause was challenging congress to vote on gun control. >> it deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the other communities ripped only by gun violence they deserve a simple vote. >> in the republican response, senator rubio of florida said more government will not help people get ahead. >> speaker boehner says immigration reform is the only item on
to connect to social sites. >> michelle obama and a mid-life crisis and what she is saying how she is handling it. but, first, a texas couple wanted to give their young son a brother or sister but they got four. four. whatall right that's a fifth-flr problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >> santa clara, san francisco, east bay, and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> live doppler 7 hd, are you ready for the wet weather? it has been a while since we had to deal with it. it is here in the storm of "scout" showers. the more organized wet weather is getting itself established to our north as we talked about. by 7:00, that will move into the north bay. ahead of that, it is mild in the mid-to-upper 40's and 51 right now in oak. we will have light showers through 7:00 and the heaviest showers from 7:00 to 1:00 o'clock and scattered sho
, if congress and president obama do not agree. >> a 10-year old massachusetts boy found out the hard way that 9-1-1 really is only for emergencies. this began when the 4th grade did not want to go to bid. >> he got mad and he is like, you are mean, i will call the cops and i said, go ahead. call the cops. >> he did take her up but he hung up but the dispatch sent an officer to thous and he tried to hide, and the mom let the police in and they discovered him and they had a talk. he was too embarrassed but mom, says, yeses he learned his lesson. >> way to roar, tiger mom! he deserved that. >> sure there was a fee there and probably cost a bit. >> out of his savings. >> out of the his allowance. >> now the forecast. mike? >> we will look at the eastern third of the country to start if you are headed that way, the thunder snow and thunder vote hit the mid-southwest is in the upper midwest with delays in baltimore and chicago. at home, all is clear but we have a chance of light rain as we head in the afternoon hours and we will see increasing clouds around tahoe but dry at 79 and snow tonight and to
percent approve. this comes as the obama administration face as deadline today on whether to weigh in on the proposition 8 case before the supreme court which will hear arguments next month in an interview you saw only on abc7 the president told dan ashley he wants to make sure his administration doesn't interject too far into the case but the president did add that the couples should have the right to marry. we report that lawyers for the white house will show sympathy of gay rights but stop short of saying states can never ban gay marriage. >> day until massive federal budget cuts kick in across the board in washington, dc, and we learn how california will feel the impact if a deal is not reached. there would be an impact. >> there would, kristen. president obama is saying people will not feel the impact right away but we are talking $85 billion some of which is earmarked for california. the white house says 64,000 civilian defense workers could be furloughed and an economist in los angeles says 175,000 nondefense jobs could be at risk schools in california could lose billions in
this morning, president obama. we have learned will not nature someone for the outgoing interior secretary salazar, an official of the r.e.i. sporting chain will be named. americans approve how president obama is handling immigration issues. the new washington post/abc news poll shows 49 percent believe he is on the right track. 43 percent disapprove. >> in the bay area, san francisco mayor lee is expected to announce his choice to fill the assessors post vacated by a newly elected council member. the mayor could be facing pressure to name another woman or asian to replace chu on the board. >> tone the concorde planning commission is meeting to talk of a ban on outdoor growth of medical marijuana. the contra costa times reports that the city attorney will ask the commission to recommend a ban, limiting the marijuana growing to inside homes. one resident is promising to challenge the resolution with a legal backyard grow. they already ban medical marijuana dispensaries. >> beyonce's super bowl half time hit is not winning over everyone. hard to believe. ahead the new criticism now facing th
, saying blocking a raise proposed by president obama will save $11 billion and well compensated federal employees can afford it. but democrats and even a few republicans say federal workers are be singled out for punishment by anti-government lawmakers. >> what is next for the carnival cruise line passengers and the cruise liner trying to clean up a major p.r. mess? and a major warning for anyone who bought jewelry at costco. >> good morning, carnival may have to come up with more than refunds, discounts and $500 for passenger to make up for thousands of passengers stuck at sea for days in the gulf of mexico. crisis management consultant says carnival needs to come up with use visible sign they are making improvements or it will have a long term image problem. the operator of website says fires on ships happen up to four time as year and investigators to look to see if there is a pattern. >> if you bought what you thought was a diamond ring at costco it could be a counterfeit rings have nothing to do with tiffany. >> staples will sell apple products after holding a meeting to announce t
to go pack to work, the new job that is coming with plenty of pay. a briefing from president obama is expected today plus your chance to hear him talk about issues important to the bay area . >> the first lady reveals what she is doing to deal with a life >> good tuesday morning, 5:52. we are on the storm watch. a look at at&t park you can see the sprinkles have begun with light puddling. mike will tell us when the heavy rain will move in the bay area. >> president obama is holding a white house event this morning to call on congress to avert automatic budget cuts taking in effect in 10 days. the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts takes place march 1 with possible furlough by april and state and local government could lose funding and the president is pushing for a blend of spending cuts and new taxes and republicans argue new taxes should not be included. >> this morning, abc7 news anchor will travel to washington, dc, for an interview with president obama and will talk with the president at the white house tomorrow. the live reports from washington, dc, begin this evening, at 5
. >> larry: thank you. in the midst of a critical budget standoff in washington, president obama will sit down for an exclusive interview with anchor dan ashley tomorrow. dan joins us live from the white house where the president and lawmakers are facing a tight deadline. a great opportunity for you tomorrow? >> reporter: it is a great opportunity. thanks very much. good evening from washington. i'm here at the white house whereas you said i will have a chance to speak with president obama directly one on one in an exclusive interview. ask him about a number of things and one of those things we will discuss is the budget deal that is now being debated here in washington. you know there is a major deadline looming here in just ten days time, $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will take effect. president believes with disastrous consequences for ordinary americans. he is putting a lot of pressure on congressional republicans to do something to come up with a deal to keep that from happening. today, he issued a dire warning. >> people will lose their jobs. the unemployment rate might tic
interview with president obama and he is asked about proposition eight and whether the administration. ask the supreme court to overturn california's ban on same-sex marriage. >> but, first, are the oakland a's leaving the east bay? we will tell you what major league baseball has done that could pave the way for potential >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> what a beautiful morning, at 5:29. thanks for joining us. >> you going to stop there? >> i left it for you. >> what a beautiful day. 5:29. is the weather cooperating? >> it is. nice this morning as far as getting around with not having to worry about what street to want out for or breezes if the lower elevations. they are there in the higher elevations but not the lower elevations. you can see how dry it is on live doppler 7 hd. from mount tamalpais, it is bouncing around at 2,600' and the temperature at san jose is 40 and oakland and 37 in petaluma and livermore is 39. headed into the afternoon hours more cloud cover than yesterday, temperatures hang on in the mid-50's at the coast and near 60 for the rest of
into the same-sex marriage debate. late yesterday oat obama administration filed a legal brief with the u.s. supreme court urges justices to strike down the federal defense of marriage act which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. the move is not a surprise but when abc7 news anchor dan ashley asked president obama about this issue wednesday during his exclusive one-on-one interview with him at the white house, the president was noncommittal, saying that he needed to confer with the solicitor general about the proper legal strategy they should take. the supreme court is set to take up the same-sex marriage issue in late march. >>> members of the a high school band from crockett are looking for help to find the burglars who ripped off the band room this week. several thousand of musical instruments and electronics were stolen sometime between 6:00 p.m. tuesday and 6:00 a.m. wednesday. the school is asking people to be on the lookout for musical items on sale on the internet. >>> two dozen young athletes from a high school returned from the trip of a lifetime. they went to c
the obama administration filed a legal brief with the u.s. supreme court urges justices to strike down the federal defense of marriage act which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. the move is not a surprise but when abc7 news anchor dan ashley asked president obama about this issue wednesday during his exclusive one-on-one interview with him at the white house, the president was noncommittal, saying that he needed to confer with the solicitor general about the proper legal strategy they should take. the supreme court is set to take up the same-sex marriage issue in late march. >> members of a marching band in crockett are looking for help to find the burglars who ripped off the band room this week. several thousand dollars of musical instruments and electronics were stolen sometime between 6:00 p.m. tuesday and 6:00 a.m. wednesday. the school is asking people to be on the lookout for musical items on sale on the internet. >>> two dozen young athletes from mount hamel high school just returned from a trip of a lifetime. they went to cuba to play baseball. they are perha
. last week, president obama told abc7 news anchor dan ashley supporting gay marriage is the right thing to do. >> i can tell you obviously my personally view which is i think that same-sex couples should have the same rights and be treated like everyone else. >> 75 influential lens have add their names to the list including former utah governor huntsman, and two former governors of massachusetts including william weld and jane swift. the ground swell on the issue is changing rapiddedly but there is great divide in the republican party for legalizing gay marriage. >> thank you. developing news in walnut creek now where s residents of an assisted living home are in other facilities this morning because of a fire. five people had to be rescued after a fire broke out at a home last night. firefighters say they knocked the fire down before the flamed could crawl up a vent and into the at tick. there were two caretakers at home when it happened. one residents has minor smoke inwhat laying. >> the coast guard is resuming an aerial search for a missing family off the coast. boats searched for a
. president's day holiday and president obama is on vacation in florida where he plays the first round of golf with tiger woods. the white house press corps was not allowed to photograph the match at the exclusive yacht and golf club in palm city. the president is a weekend golfer. tiger woods won the first victory last month. they teamed up with resort owner and the president is playing golf, the first lady and their daughters were skiing in colorado. >> the obama administration had a plan for immigration and who is coming out against it. >> a police chase leads to a deadly >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> and now, 5:30 on monday morning. thank you for joining us. >> i am kristen sze. can you tell it is a holiday? we will check with mike nicco to find out how the holiday forecast went. >> someone is going skiing this week. and is excited about the snow on way but not today. live doppler 7 hd shows we have you covered to the north, to the south, and right now it is dry everywhere. we will talk about temperatures. the embarcardero this morning, you can see the flag
hook elementary school. president obama will present the surviving family members with the medals next week at a white house ceremony given to four teachers, the school principal and a psychologist all gunned down december 14 trying to protect the children in their care. the 20-year-old shooter killed himself. >> next, the wild roundup on an east bay road. drivers encounter a creature better suited for the desert. >> florida teen talks back to a judge and pays the price. >> health news affecting pregnancy women. >> good morning, on wednesday. now, a live look on the bay. gorgeous. clear. that is why it is colder. mike nicco has the forecast ahead. authorities are investigating the death of $50,000 in copper piping. someone game with the property is probably responsible because it looks they use add key to get in the locked gates of the camp which was established by the city of concord 40 years ago. we did a profile on a summer youth program there in 2006. >> a silicon valley firm faces questions this morning. according to san jose mercury news a start-up is being penalized for bringing
. president obama made the annual state of the union address last night. the president told congress and the american people that the state of the
to be president obama's new pentagon chief unless the white house gives more information on the deadly attack in september on the consulate in benghazi, libya. hague sell a former republican senator from nebraska and twice wounded vietnam combat veteran. democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the senate but they need the support of five republicans to clear the way for up-or-down vote. >> medical personnel will be needing the 4,000 people above the crippled carnival cruise ship when it docks in alabama this morning. it is towed slowly from the gulf of mexico by two tugboats after a crippling engine fire on sunday. food is scarce, there is no air conditioning, and bathrooms are backing up. in new orleans there are 15,000 hotel rooms and passengers get a full refund and discounts on future cruises. >> baking barriers with baseball. >> and a big event in the san francisco zoo in time for valentine's >> good morning, everyone. >> you can see in this shot power is out right now to the entire island, middle part of your screen is all dark. that is treasure island. this is a look from the camera on mount ta
obama made the first overtures to republicans on immigration reform with phone calls to three key senators. the president called john mccain, graham and rubio, after rubio called a leaked white house immigration plan half baked and seriously flawed. rubio took the president's call while in jerusalem and says he told the president he feels good about the ongoing senate negotiations. abc7 news anchor dan ashley is the only bay area journalist to interview the president at the white house and that will air tonight at abc7 and he will tweet from washington, dc, as well. >> we could learn if the blade runner, oscar pistorius, is granted bail as he awaits trial in the death of his model girlfriend. it is reported that the prosecution and defense have been argued over where oscar pistorius stood when the shots were fired. the prosecution believes he was standing inside the bathroom. the defense saying he was the hallway. also, south africa police say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in oscar pistorius' bedroom. the lawyer says it was an herbal remedy. katie marzullo is fo
aimed at confiscating weapons from people prohibiting from having them. >> president obama says that civil rights icon rosa parks has taken her rightful place among those who have shaped the course of american history. the president and congressional leaders unveiled a statue at the capitol this morning, which portrays parks wearing a hat and clutching a purse. she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus. she was given a statue in stat statuary hall. >> when we come back i will tell you who is living through history right now, many cities, this is the dryest going to a year we have ever had. i will let you know about that and when the rain is coming back. >> plus, pope benedict's final farewell, what he tell the faithful during the last public appearance before stepping >> walnut creek, campbell, and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> not first time since the middle ages, a pope is choosing to say good by, pope benedict xvi bid final public farewell to the followers this morning after the vatican. tens of thousands packed st. support's square as he took the fina
to the 6' by 8' fell. the hostage taker was killed during the rescue. >> president obama will meet with senate democrats at a retreat in maryland for a discussion of gun criminal and illegal immigration. a poll out this morning shows the president's approval of handling of immigration is at a career high, the latest washington post/abc news poll shows that 49 percent believe he is on the right track while 43 percent disapprove. >> gas prices nation nationwide have jumped 18 percent in a week the biggest type in two years with the average $3.54, and experts blame it on rising oil prices and tension in the middle east. here in california, it is higher, $3.91 a gallon. that is partly because refineries are switching from winter grade to more costly summer grade fuel. >> san francisco usually has the highest gas prices in the state but lock at pump prices in los angeles: yes, a station is actually charged $5 a gallon. >> how do you justify that? >> now, officials in san francisco may now force some homeowners to retrofit their building. a proposal introduced by the board of supervisors
caused the outage in the first place. president obama will discuss his "state of the union" address and people who have been selected will take part in the chat. ago is taking questions for the president through the white house youtube channel. >> chris christie has wrapped up a two day fundraising tour of san francisco with a visit to silicon valley. demonstrators surrounded the event hosted the scene palo alto home of mark zuckerberg speaking out against his cuts to women's health services. guests paid $3,800 each to get to the fundraiser and goes to christie's re-election race. zuckerberg and christie's connection go back several years and zuckerberg donated $100 million to newark public schools in 2010789. >> pets are getting more than hugs and kisses on valentine's day. >> they are being pampered. here is jane king with the bloomberg business report. >> good morning, more improvement in the housing market with foreclosures dropping 7 percent in january and down 28 percent from a year ago. partly because of new laws protecting california homeowners but the reverse in florida wit
and will gin other governors at a monday meeting with president obama. he says the goal is to "build relationships" with other governors cross the country. >> hewlet-packard is picketed to have a stock open higher after better-than-expected earning reports with shares jumping 5.5 percent or 94 cents after hours to $18, just above that a share. in the earnings report releases after the closing bell, they said they earned $1.2 billion or 65 cents a share, the 16 percent decrease from the year before but it is still better than what analysts and h.p. predicted. still, c.e.o. cautioned investors saying the turn around is far from over. >> listen to this, you know about texting on teens but what about f.b.i. agents? a new warning circulating inside the bureau. >> coming up first if the friday evening commute includes bart, the delays passenger traveling to and from san francisco should expect tonight. >> a live look outside the bay bridge live at it you can see bridge live at it you can see the lights going off. of walking to give a breast cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a
president obama might have more flexibility than he is letting on with the $85 billion in mandatory budget cuts if an agreement isn't reaped by -- reached by friday. he had dipper with the governors last night. they meet again today after the white house released a state by state report of spending cuts if they are forces to take effect. democrats will blame republicans and republicans note the cuts are little more than 2 percent of the federal budget not enough to necessarily cause a christian ming of government functions. >> former president jimmy carter spoke in the bay area and weighed in on the academy awards talking about the bid for best picture of "argo," at the commonwealth club. he was president, of course, during the hostage crisis in iran and says it did exaggerate the c.i.a.'s role in the hostage rescue. >> my judgment is that 90 90 percent of the credit for the heroic and brilliant move should have been with the canadians and the movie ignores practically any contribution by the canadians. aside from that it's a vivid, wonderful film. >> he spoke before we all found out that
the traffic. >> the senate finance committee is ready to vote tomorrow on president obama's nomination for treasury secretary. the committee chairman announced the votes will be taken tomorrow of former white house chief staff jack lew's bid to head up treasury. he had tough questions during the confirmation hearing on the short-time tenure at citibank and he has answered in a transparent manner. >> a faster wireless by at&t for an automobile through the new network that has faster data than the current onstar so g.m. can update wirelessly and big cell phone companies are branching ought into non-phone areas to boost business. >> gas prices keep going up but relief could be around the corner. here is jane king with the business report. >> gas prices are already marching higher. aaa says the average is $3.78 for a gallon of regular up 45 cents from a month ago and ten cents higher than a year ago. the price hike could end as crude oil falls and refiners cut prices. investors are eyeing possible automatic government spending cuts that could kick in on friday and bernanke has testimony be
at risk and fly delays and fewer vaccines for kids. president obama this morning is saying people will not feel the full effect right away. also this morning, he is backing off the most severe warning, at a dynel we are business leaders rather than calling the cuts a fiscal cliff, president obama described the fallout of more of a tumble down work. $85 billion is coming out of the economy in less than 48 hours unless lawmakers can compromise. >> i have not seen things done in two days in washington, dc in some time. on the other hand, the good news is the public is paying attention to this and we are still ready to work with them to get something responsible passed. we can't do it alone. >> that was katie marzullo. >> he said democrats must accept some changes to government entitlement programs. the nonpartisan congressional budget office is weighing in and it finds the white house-backed legislation in the senate would raise the deficit through the end of the budget year by tens of billions. live in the newsroom for abc7 news. >> oakland mayor is focused on adding 200 new police
of eating plans, hot wings, nap -- nachos, and the inside of my stomach will look like a michelle obama nightmare. >> jimmy kimmel is immediately before "nightline." >> another p.r. mix-up for the 49ers two days before the super bowl, the players coming forward to say they didn't know they were taking part in a gay rights video for teens. ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. >> now, live breaking news. >> breaking news in oakland where there is an amber alert, a one-year-old girl was taken from her mother. >> we are live in oakland with the latest on this amber alert. >> eric, one-year-old girl was take friend her mother by her father a
. it will also come with a replica you can keep. >>> new this morning, president obama is urging lawmakers to pass a short term package of spending cuts and tax revenue to head off across-the-board cuts set to kick in on march 1st. in his weekly address he said proposed stop-gap action would avoid the so-called sequester that would trigger huge automatic spending cuts. he's asking congress for a smaller set of spending cuts and tax changes as they get a better plan. >> they don't think it's good idea to put thousands of jobs arteriesing and do unnecessary harm to the economy. yet the current plan puts the cuts mainly on seniors and middle class families. they would rather and more from the vast majority of americans and put the economy at risk than close a single tax loophole that benefits the well think. >>? the republican address, a senator from alaska said the u.s. must ramp up domestic energy production, including the keystone xl pipeline. >>> as the bay area struggles with tighter budgets, a plan is being pitched to erase the boundaries that separates cities and counties and consolida
preps for president obama's state of the union address on tuesday, the growing drone drama, and plus the buzz over potential presidential contender chris christie's waste line. don't miss "this week" this morning at abc7. >>> a controversial contest to see who can till the most coyotes is underway. the contest went ahead of a opponent failed to get the state fish and wildlife commission to stop t animal advocates saying the hunt is inhumane. but backers say coyotes are responsible for about $4 million worth of livestock losses each year. >>> a capacity crowd filled at&t park for the giants annual fan fest yesterday. [cheers and applause] >> more than 42,000 people showed up. the world series champs met with the fans, they signed autographs for them. there was also a chance to go behind the scenes to places like the giants clubhouse, which are normally off-limits to the public. >> this is my third year running. i feel like it's official to become a tradition now. i will be here for the rest of my life time. >> we've had a lot of player sightings, which is fun. just to be a part of t
this morning on abc's "this week." the final preps for president obama's state of the union address on tuesday, the growing drone drama, and plus the buzz over potential presidential contender chris christie's waistline. don't miss "this week" this morning at 8:00 right here on abc7. >>> well, the giants start spring training on tuesday. yesterday a capacity crowd filled at&t park for the giants annual fan fest yesterday. [cheers and applause] >> more than 42,000 people showed up. the world series champs met with the fans, they signed autographs for them. there was also a chance to go behind the scenes to places like the giants clubhouse, which are normally off-limits to the public. again, the giants start their spring training in arizona on tuesday. it's kind of been feeling like arizona weather here. you know, i mean dry. >> that's right. so dry this morning that we have over a half a dozen neighborhoods with temperatures below freezing this morning. so as we look out from our east bay camera out over the bay, concord, livermore, out by the delta and up in the north bay, you are at or belo
made by president obama in his state of the union address. the president's new chief of staff talks about plans to increase minimum wage and expand prekindergarten for all children. can the measures be passed in a time of extreme partisanship. republican paul ryane responds. don't miss it on "this week" with george stephanopoulos coming up on abc7. >>> new this morning, thousands of relief workers are helping with recovery efforts after that meteorite explosion in russia. we are learning just how much it costs to repair some of the damage. [explosion sound] [screaming] >> very frightening. that sonic boom and resulting pressure wave blew out windows and collapsed doors in an industrial city of 1 million people. more than 1000 were hurt in friday's explosion. 20,000 emergency personnel are now on the scene. officials estimate the explosion caused at least $33 million in damage. the russian academy of sciences believe the meteor weighed about ten tons before entering the earth's atmosphere. >>> this could be the road trip of a lifetime for a handful of bay area hackers, designers and
have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. >>> and president obama takes the campaign against gun violence on the road today. his first stop, minneapolis, where he'll meet with local leaders to discuss the background checks and youth frams city has implemented. >>> great news about a young woman who has inspired millions. malala yousafzai who was shot by the taliban because she said girls should be allowed to go to school is recovering in england this morning after undergoing a major operation to cover part of her shattered stul with a -- with a titanium plate. bob woodruff just spoke exclusively to malala's very proud father. >> my daughter, it was her dream to send all boys and girls to school. i think that one day, her dream will come true. >> and you can see much more of this exclusive interview tonight on "world news" with diane sawyer. i think it's fair to say, george, no girl in the whole world whose dreams are more deserving to come true. >> boy, that sure is, josh. >>> time for "pop news." >> whether you were rooting for the ravens or the niners, everybody was
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